The computer science department here is very supportive. They always push you toward succeeding in everything. I also like the fact that we have a small number of students in class—no more than 30, usually. The professors are always reachable. They’re always supportive. You can always ask for advice.
I think the most essential part was that I was having an English-speaking environment. I met so many people from other countries. It was not just study. It was learning other mentalities and learning other cultures. I was assimilating all these things.
When they choose their university, it’s amazing to talk to a person, an alum from that university that actually went through the same experience that they’re going to go through. They will have so many valuable tips—like information that you wouldn’t be able to find online or it will take you forever to find online.
Living and studying in the United States gave me a lot of lifelong experiences that shapes me as a person who I want to be in the future. I have learned to be more responsible for the decisions I make in life. Also, [it] teaches you how to become more independent since you start to analyze your personal financial expenses, such as rent, utilities and bills, groceries, and a lot more.
Student and Parent Interviews
University students from Central Asia and one student’s parent shared their experiences and perspective on higher education in the United States and tips for prospective students, including reaching out to U.S. university alumni from their country for advice and feedback as they work on their university applications.
EducationUSA Student Storytellers
With the support of EducationUSA, international students filmed vlogs that chronicled their day-to-day experiences as university students in the United States. Topics they discussed include: differences in culture; travel; extracurricular activities; relationships with other students; and tips on budgeting and time management. Below is a sampling of some vloggers and their vlogs.
Central Asian University Students in the United States
Additional testimonials from Central Asian students highlight the value of their study experiences in the United States.